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Child Care Policy

Purpose

The Child Care Award is designed to provide eligible custodial parents with child care assistance while the parent is attending Grand Rapids Community College. The award provides partial payment of licensed child care services for the recipients which are provided only at the GRCC preschool.

Qualifications

To be eligible for child care, students must be enrolled in a one or two year occupational curriculum. (see link for list here) and provide proof of economic need or receive a PELL grant.

Eligibility

Students must be enrolled in nine credits or more to be eligible and attending class on-campus during the time that a child is in child care. Weekly study time/work-study hours are allowed during the assigned slot time.

A student may be eligible for child care assistance for one semester regardless of past academic performance. Students who fail to earn a 2.0 gpa in subsequent semesters may become ineligible. Withdrawals (“W”) and Incompletes (“I”) will affect subsequent eligibility. No Repeat (“R”) courses will be funded unless approved by a staff member.

Students must be enrolled in nine credits or more to be eligible and attending class during the time that a child is in child care. Weekly study time/work-study hours are allowed during the assigned slot time.

If you qualify and are interested, you must do the following:

  • Schedule an appointment with a program counselor/advisor to complete the application
  • Provide proof of income and custody
  • Sign up for classes with assigned counselor/advisor
  • Sign contract agreement

Cost to Student

Student cost for child care are as follows, MWF $210.00, T/TH $140.00 per semester. The student must pay the above balance at the Cashier's Office.

Proof of income and custody must be included with application. Examples include: paycheck stub with year to date; document from employer; letter from Friend of the Court; Family Independence Agency or Social Security.

Placement

The OSP program determines placement in child care based on the following:

  • Date of application
  • Class schedule
  • Availability
  • Age of child

Continued placement is dependent upon:

  • Keeping two appointments per semester with your counselor/advisor
  • Scheduling of classes with counselor/advisor
  • Making consistent child care fee payments
  • Continued financial aid eligibility

Child care will not be available until the student connects with an assigned counselor and all paperwork is completed.

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Statement

Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race , color, national origin, religion, height, weight, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam Era veteran and/or any other legally protected class not heretofore mentioned, in any of its educational programs and activities, including admissions and employment.

The above measures, in conjunction with other related state laws and the College’s policies and procedures, will assure all individuals opportunity for consideration or redress of complaints of illegal discrimination. Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Americans with Disabilities Act information may be obtained from the Director of Labor Relations & EEO/AA, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-3295. Telephone (616) 234-3453.